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She was seen again in the [[EP002|the next episode]] when Ash decided to call her while waiting for his Pikachu to be healed by [[Nurse Joy]]. She seemed to be surprised that he was already in {{ci|Viridian}}. She also mentioned his father, saying it took him four days to get there when he began his Pokémon Journey. Also mentioning his father would be proud of him, she commented that he was the apple of his eye. When he continued to shoot down her words of encouragement, she became angry and scolded him by telling him that he can do anything he set his mind to.
 
She was seen again in the [[EP002|the next episode]] when Ash decided to call her while waiting for his Pikachu to be healed by [[Nurse Joy]]. She seemed to be surprised that he was already in {{ci|Viridian}}. She also mentioned his father, saying it took him four days to get there when he began his Pokémon Journey. Also mentioning his father would be proud of him, she commented that he was the apple of his eye. When he continued to shoot down her words of encouragement, she became angry and scolded him by telling him that he can do anything he set his mind to.
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She appears again in ''[[EP064|It's Mr. Mime Time]]'', watching a performance of the Pokémon Circus. She watches what appears to be a {{p|Mr. Mime}}, but is actually Ash in a costume. This is revealed to her when Ash fights {{TRT}}, later stealing their balloon. Later, she invites {{an|Brock}} and {{an|Misty}} over to her house for lunch. A [[wild Pokémon|wild]] Mr. Mime that Ash, Brock, and Misty saw at the beginning of the episode taps on the window, and Delia thinks it's Ash. She lets "Ash" in for a snack, but then the real Ash appears, revealing to Delia that the Mr. Mime isn't fake. Ash asks Mr. Mime to help him, and Delia encourages Mr. Mime, offering it a big dessert. Later, when Team Rocket steals Pokémon with a tank, she has the wild Mr. Mime stop Team Rocket. [[Stella]]'s Mr. Mime and the wild one build a brick tower around the tank, so Team Rocket fires a missile, but it rebounds and sends Team Rocket blasting off. At the end of the episode, the wild Mr. Mime, whom Delia has nicknamed [[Mimey]], stays with her.
   
 
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Revision as of 17:10, 8 December 2013

Delia Ketchum
ハナコ Hanako
Delia.png
Delia Ketchum
Age 29 (novel)
Gender Female
Eye color Black*, Amber*
Hair color Auburn*, Mahogany*
Hometown Pallet Town
Region Kanto
Relatives Ash, Unknown husband/boyfriend (EP002), Unknown father-in-law (EP002)
Anime debut Pokémon - I Choose You!
English voice actor Veronica Taylor (4Kids)
Sarah Natochenny (TPCi)
Japanese voice actor Masami Toyoshima

Delia Ketchum (Japanese: ハナコ Hanako), also known as Mrs. Ketchum (Japanese: ママさん Mama-san) is Ash's mother in the Pokémon anime.

History

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According to Takeshi Shudō's novelization, she runs Pallet Town's only restaurant, Pallet House, which she inherited from her mother. When she was younger, she dreamed of becoming both a model and a Pokémon Trainer, but abandoned those dreams to run the restaurant after Ash was born.

Delia made her debut in Pokémon, I Choose You!, telling Ash that he should get to bed for his big day tomorrow. She was then seen in front of Professor Oak's Laboratory with a small group of people from Pallet Town, cheering Ash on as he walked out with his first Pokémon. She was shown to be very sad that her little boy was growing up, but quickly put it aside to tell him everything that she had packed in his backpack for his journey. When she unintentionally insulted Pikachu, who was already upset at getting Ash for a Trainer, he used his ThunderShock and shocked the entire group.

She was seen again in the the next episode when Ash decided to call her while waiting for his Pikachu to be healed by Nurse Joy. She seemed to be surprised that he was already in Viridian. She also mentioned his father, saying it took him four days to get there when he began his Pokémon Journey. Also mentioning his father would be proud of him, she commented that he was the apple of his eye. When he continued to shoot down her words of encouragement, she became angry and scolded him by telling him that he can do anything he set his mind to.

She appears again in It's Mr. Mime Time, watching a performance of the Pokémon Circus. She watches what appears to be a Mr. Mime, but is actually Ash in a costume. This is revealed to her when Ash fights Team Rocket, later stealing their balloon. Later, she invites Brock and Misty over to her house for lunch. A wild Mr. Mime that Ash, Brock, and Misty saw at the beginning of the episode taps on the window, and Delia thinks it's Ash. She lets "Ash" in for a snack, but then the real Ash appears, revealing to Delia that the Mr. Mime isn't fake. Ash asks Mr. Mime to help him, and Delia encourages Mr. Mime, offering it a big dessert. Later, when Team Rocket steals Pokémon with a tank, she has the wild Mr. Mime stop Team Rocket. Stella's Mr. Mime and the wild one build a brick tower around the tank, so Team Rocket fires a missile, but it rebounds and sends Team Rocket blasting off. At the end of the episode, the wild Mr. Mime, whom Delia has nicknamed Mimey, stays with her.

Character

A younger Delia with Professor Oak and Spencer Hale

Delia Ketchum is a relatively reserved woman. Despite striking some as unintelligent, she was once a student of Professor Oak, along with Spencer Hale, possibly indicating intelligence normally unthought of her.

She lives in Pallet Town with Mimey, a Mr. Mime, which she befriended in It's Mr. Mime Time. She was seen taking care of it while Ash was participating in the Ever Grande Conference. Delia also traveled with Ash to the Unova region in In The Shadow of Zekrom!.

Her husband was mentioned in Pokémon Emergency! as a Trainer still on his journey. However, he has yet to appear onscreen.

Brock once commented that she would make a great Pokémon Trainer because of her perseverance.

She is usually a quiet, cheerful woman, but when angered, she makes it known, not caring who she is talking to, once telling Entei he should be ashamed of himself in Spell of the Unown.

Pokémon

This listing is of Delia's Pokémon in the anime:

Mimey.png
Mimey

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 豊島まさみ Masami Toyoshima
English Veronica Taylor (4Kids dub)
Sarah Natochenny (TPCi dub)
Danish Ann Hjort
Vibeke Dueholm
Dutch Beatrijs Sluyter
Filipino Klariz Magboo
French Canada Nathalie Coupal
Europe Catherine Conet
German Marion Hartmann
Hebrew לירז ברגמן Liraz Bergman
טליה ברקאי Talya Barkai
Indonesian Diah Sekartadji Wulandari (BW001-present)
Italian Cinzia Massironi
Norwegian Lena Meieran
Christin Borge (movie 2)
Siri Nilsen
Polish Anna Bielańska (EP001-EP209, movie 3)
Krystyna Kozanecka (movie 2)
Agata Rzeszewska (EP210-AG040)
Joanna Węgrzynowska (DP003)
Katarzyna Pysiak (season 12)
Anna Sroka (season 14)
Portuguese Brazil Vanessa Alves (original series)
Lene Bastos (Pokémon Chronicles, DP003)
Luísa Viegas (AG132-AG133)
Elisa Villon (AG192, DP138)
Denise Reis (BW001-present)
Portugal Teresa Madruga (initial appearances)
Helena Montez (Kanto to mid-Johto)
Paula Pais (mid-Johto)
Sandra de Castro (Master Quest to Battle Frontier)
Isabel Ribas (Battle Frontier)
Spanish Latin America Ana Patricia Anides (EP001-EP273, DP138-present)
Rebeca Manríquez (SS004, SS014)
Elena Rámirez (AG132-DP003)
Spain Cecilia Santiago (EP001-EP002)
Marisa Marco (EP064-present)
Ana Jiménez (movie 2)
Marta García (movie 3)

In the manga

Delia in the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Delia appears briefly in the manga series, The Electric Tale of Pikachu, which is based on the anime.

In Pikachu, I See You!, she and Ash discover Pikachu under the floorboards of their house, chewing on the wiring to eat the electricity. Later, she gives Ash a tearful farewell as he leaves on his Pokémon Trainer's journey.




Trivia

  • In Pokémon Live!, it is stated that Delia dated Giovanni and was in his gang, but took a better route in life when she met Ash's father, though this might not be the case in the anime.
  • In the English dub, Delia and Ash have always shared the same voice actress, even after The Pokémon Company International changed all of the character's voice actors. Originally, both mother and son were voiced by Veronica Taylor. Since the voice actor switch, both have been voiced by Sarah Natochenny.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ハナコ Hanako From 花子. Means flower child. Also often used as an example female name, similar to Jane Doe in English.
English, All-European Delia Ketchum May be a reference to Dahlia, a flower. Ketchum is a pun on "Gotta Catch 'em all" the original slogan of the franchise.
Korean 영자 Yeongja
Chinese 花子 Huāzǐ Same as 花子 Hanako.


Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenne
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyer
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchieTabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretLysandreXerosicCelosiaBryonyMableAliana
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor Sycamore
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNormanCarolineNanny and Pop-PopJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyer
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceStevenMr. SukizoRaoul ContestaVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaClembotSanpeiAlainMairinAriaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsMany temporary characters

Main characters
Ash KetchumPikachuGary OakRitchieMay OakProfessor OakDelia KetchumJessieJamesMeowth
Gym Leaders
BrockMistyKogaSabrinaGiovanniRudyDrake
Other
A.J.AyaBillDamianDarioDuplicaEevee brothersGiselleJeanette FisherOfficer JennyJoeNurse Joy
Lara LaramieMahriMelanieMikeyMimiProfessor OrvillePotterFlorinda ShowersRubySamuraiTommy

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